Convicted rapist John Buckley due back in Fayette court

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A man who walked away from the Fayette County Courthouse, shortly before being convicted of rape last July, is now back in Kentucky.

Police say John Buckley was booked into the Fayette County Detention Center Tuesday night. He was arrested in Wyoming in May. Police say he had been fighting his extradition back to Kentucky since his arrest.

Police say two Fayette County sheriff's deputies and a state trooper flew to Wyoming Tuesday morning, and brought Buckley back to Kentucky on board a Kentucky State Police plane.

Sheriff Kathy Witt says normally her office will fly fugitives on commercial airlines if they're more than 500 miles away. But because of Buckley's history they chose to fly him privately, using a plane operated by Kentucky state police.

"Due to the high risk nature of this convict and the way he has acted in the past, without hesitation we contacted our aircraft pilots," said Kentucky State Police Major Mike Crawford.

Police say they had no issues with Buckley during the trip to Kentucky. He's expected to be in court later this week. Buckley faces new charges of first degree bail jumping, tampering with a physical monitoring device, and two counts of contempt of court.

"I think it gives the victim and the other victims that are awaiting trial some sense of closure," Sheriff Witt said.

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